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Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
"meet the press," just one month until election day. has the race taken a new turn? what a difference a debate makes. >> mr. president, you're entitled to your own airplane and house but not to your own facts. >> romney delivers. the president tries to recover. >> when i got off the stage, i met very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. >> the economy is again the central focus. the new jobs numbers drop the unm employment rate below 9%. >> we have made too much progress. >> a sign of recovery as the voters head to the polls. we cover it all this morning. the policy fight emerging from the debate and the policy. what does the debate reveal about these two men? >>> plus, our preview of the vice presidential debate this coming week. this morning, a special panel. obama campaign senior adviser robert gibbs. former republican presidential candidate newt gingrich. hilary rosen. mike murphy. and nbc's chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> and finally, what you haven't heard from arnold schwarzenegger this week. a revealing conversation w
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Oct 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
. how to pay for it? loopholes. what loopholes? nothing. we'll tell you after the election. you're attacking romney for the same thing. >> i want to talk about the gas prices. one thing that was striking, speaker gingrich, is what some were arguing about the actual numbers. jack welch made a lot of headlines with a tweet that said, unbelievable jobs numbers. these chicago guys will do anything. can't debate so they change the numbers without any substantiation. he was on "hardball" with chris matthews and this is how he explained it. >> i've reviewed 14 businesses this week. from restaurants to widgets. i have seen everybody with a third quarter equal to or weaker than the first quarter. in order to get 873,000 new jobs, you would have to have a g.d.p. going at 4% to 5%. the second quarter was downgraded from 1.7% to 1.3%. the third quarter is not going to be very strong. it just defies the imagination to have a surge larger than any surge since 1983 a month before the election. i leave it to you to do all the analysis. >> one of the most important ceos in america. formerly of gene
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Oct 8, 2012 12:00am PDT
undiminished. >> it's an important election and i'm concerned about america. i'm concerned about the direction america has been taking over the last four years. what kind of america do you want to have for yourself and your children? chris: and the impact wednesday night can be seen at least four ways. first the media consensus, from the left, center and right. the media called the president's performance a failure and say mitt romney may get a second look now. second, the g.o.p. got a lift. the entire party from fundraising got a pick me up. third, first impressions. voters just tuning into this contest got a view of mitt romney better than anything he's done before. and fourth, big mo. the momentum had been going the president's way and appeared to be halted wednesday night. sam, huge impact of that debate wednesday night. >> big. think john kennedy of 1960, think ronald reagan in 1980. it's possibly that big because the president seemed to be on a glide path towards re-election and all of a sudden here comes the raging bull, mitt romney, out of the dark and they run for the safety
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Oct 1, 2012 3:00am PDT
re-election, and i'm not going to give you all the detail of what i'll do, what a romney presidency would mean. make your choice based on the president. that's the plan? >> no, no. listen, what the plan is that the public will have plenty of detail and information to be able to make a judgment on governor romney and what his plan is for the future. but let's look at what the president is saying as well. and you're right, david, in this respect. the president has had four years to lay this out, and now a campaign. and the president's just trying to run out the clock. he desperately wants to run out the clock with platitudes which sound nice, and i give him that. the president is very good at that. but in the end, i think that both sides have to look at this campaign and say, what are we going to lay out over the next 36 days? and i think that's really important. and i think governor romney will lay out some very important points over the next 36 days that will make people believe once and for all that america can be great again. not just staggering along here economically as we've be
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
big choice. that's what this election is about. >> reporter: the candidates sparred on key issues this election, taxes, job growth and medicare. >> i'd rather have a private plan. i'd just as soon not have the government telling me what kind of health care i can have. >> every study has shown that medicare has lowered administrative costs than private insurance does which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and private insurers have to make a profit. >> reporter: even advisers to president obama admit romney did well. >> i give him credit for a strong performance. >> reporter: the debate was one of the most substantive in recent history. now democrats hope to seize on the details to attack romney moving forward. >> are we going to hold the governor accountable for his fraudulent positions? yes, we're going to do that. >> reporter: obama's campaign is continuing an argument that romney will initiate $5 trillion in tax cuts favoring the wealthy. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> virtually everythin
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
a roll after wednesday's debate. and with just 30 days until election day some polls show the race tightening. coming up, we'll break it all down for you. >>> a new trend in an increasing number of companies pea touring overweight people in their ads. is this a new age in advertising? we'll talk about it. >>> then, this is a crazy story, listen to this, a south carolina man comes home from vacation to find things in his house just as he left them. great, no problem. but hold on. when his kids go on facebook they see something familiar, their house, with other teenagers having a wild party right there in their home. coming up, why these teens could be in big trouble all because they overshared online. >> a little risky business. >>> a bit later i'll catch up with the director and the cast of the "princess bride." it was released 25 years ago. hard to believe. didn't make a big splash at the time certainly at the box office but since then it's become so somewhat of a cult classic. its lines are often quoted. the robin wright film and what it was like to make the movie. >> we've been
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Oct 7, 2012 3:30pm PDT
the election, and after some potentially game-changing moments for both campaigns this past week, each is now looking to seize a momentum as they hit their home stretch. our team has it all covered. we begin with nbc's ron motte. ron, good evening. >> home here in chilly wisconsin tonight getting ready for a big week of his political career, topping it off thursday with a debate against vice president joe biden. >> we don't want four more years like the last four years. >> reporter: one day ahead of a major foreign policy speech in virginia, today mitt romney continued assaulting the president's domestic record at a rally in st. lucy, florida. >> i have an opportunity for america right now that's going to get this economy going and create jobs, jobs and more jobs. 12 million jobs, to be specific. >> reporter: earlier, republican surrogates like newt gingrich were out in force on four leading political shows saying the president's debate performance and the administration's response to the latest jobs report. >> the unemployment report has fallen to its lowest since i took office. >> wh
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Oct 4, 2012 12:35am PDT
. [ laughter ] out of context. more election news, while campaigning yesterday in colorado, mitt romney made a stop at the fast food restaurant chipotle. the guy behind the counter was like, "burrito?" and romney was like, "hey there, burrito. my name is mitt romney." [ laughter ] "pleasure to meet you." [ cheers and applause ] honest mistake. actually, though, we do have a photo of this. this really happened. look at that dude. look at that guy on the end. [ laughter ] i can't decide what the caption for this should be. is it, "are we on "undercover boss?" [ laughter ] or is it, "hey, the other, other white meat?" [ laughter ] it could be that. i don't know. hey -- hey, did you guys hear about this? you had to. "american idol"? they had to cancel auditions yesterday after nicki minaj started swearing and threatening to knock mariah carey out. [ laughter ] already. they had to cancel it. the producers they were like, "hey, there's a time and a place for that kind of thing, a real housewives reunion show." [ laughter ] and you guys all knew that. but it's on this weekend. [ cheers and applaus
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Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
month's presidential election, we're beginning a special look at a region at the brink and the foreign policy challenges that america is facing here in syria and afghanistan. richard engel, you have more on that attack today? >> reporter: cooperation between u.s. and afghan forces is the mission now. it is the american exit strategy. but this recent spate of insider attacks seems to show that the exit strategy isn't working. even the scene of the aftermath isn't encouraging. after gang security forces investigating themselves, a training mission where who's in charge, who can be trusted is now unclear. last night an afghan soldier known here as a & a walked up into a group of an unsuspecting group and opened fire. >> in an ensuing exchange of fire, three a & a personnel are reported to have died. we deeply regret the loss of life in this tragic incident. >> reporter: tragic certainly but some commanders have suggested it's cultural misunderstanding. it's the 57 death like this this year. the commanding general here spoke with lester about it. >> we're going to work as hard as we possib
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
election is just 35 days away. the next big moment is tomorrow, the big debate. the "wall street journal" poll shows 38% of people say these debates will be important. that's up from 2004 when 31% said the debates could sway their vote. today both president obama and governor romney stayed out of the spotlight. instead, preparing for their debate. but their running mates hit the trail in swing states. vice president biden said team romney would hike middle class taxes, while congressman ryan swung back. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> the obama economic agenda failed not because it was stopped. it failed because it was passed. >> the university of denver will host the debate tomorrow. you can watch it here live on nbc bay area. the topic for this first debate is domestic policy around the moderator is jim lehr. >>> a massive recall for a list of popular peanut butter brands is expanding tonight. new mexico-based sunland is now adding more store brand names to its recall list. the company provides peanut butter and
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 7:00am PDT
supporters this election cycle everything is on the line. >> hello l.a.! >> reporter: enlisting a cast of celebrities, including stevie wonder, president obama picked up a little cash in california sunday night, made a self dep ri indicating illusion to last week's performance in the debates. >> everybody here incredible professionals, great friends, and they just perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> we're going to win florida, we're going to take back the white house. >> reporter: wrapping up a three day swing through the sunshine state, mitt romney is more confident and relaxed, invigorated by the strong debate and enthusiastic crowds. sunday, he previewed today's foreign policy speech in which he'll paint president obama as weak. >> i commit to you i will be a leader. when i am president, i will take the care that it takes to rebuild our principles and restore the principles that made america so strong. >> reporter: with the race tightening, the campaigns are sharpening attacks. a top obama adviser dismissing romney's debate performance as fundamentall
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Oct 5, 2012 5:00am PDT
we'll be seeing before election day. and you know the romney camp and the obama camp are all over this. coming up at 5:40 we'll have a live report from washington, d.c., with a look at what all these numbers could mean big-time in that presidential race. >> no doubt they'll be taking some credit there. 5:33 right now. the giants gearing up for another world series push. at&t park also getting ready for game one of the american league division series. >> we are ready, comcast sportsnet's amy gutierrez is ready as well. as a matter of fact, she's so ready she's already out on the field this morning bright and early, amy. how are you doing? >> reporter: i'm really good. i'm ready to take a few hax if they need me. it is quiet here this morning but preparations are in full swing for game one of the nlds and bruce bochy has a lot of decisions on his team. houc how many pitchers is he going to carry and who will he use off the bench. the giants went three for four against cincinnati in the regular season. game two starter decision has been made. >> bumgarner is going the second game and that
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Oct 5, 2012 4:30am PDT
obama. >> reporter: today's jobs report is the second to the last before election day. it is a critical snapshot of an economy that's been stuck in low gear. >> whatever the numbers are, the romney campaign is going to cite them as evidence that president obama's policies are failing. >> the president is trying to convince people he is doing real well. he is not. >> reporter: building on the momentum of wednesday night's debate romney is trying to reverse his fortunes in battle grounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> under president obama we've lost over half a million manufacturing jobs and china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not a plan for our economy, it's not a plan to strengthen the middle class, it is not change, it is a relapse, and we're not going to do it. >> reporter: the latest jobs report, cold hard facts. certain to be the subject of heated debate. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> 4:52. an emotional reunion caught on tape. a young girl reunited with her stolen puppy. >>> and a liv
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Oct 5, 2012 11:00am PDT
you know how it might impact that presidential election. >>> those are tears of joy. a little girl reunited with her beloved puppy she thought she'd never see again. >>> and gas prices have clipped the $5 mark. we'll tell you if there's any relief in sight. [ female announcer ] now get high speed internet at home on our newly expanded advanced digital network, a connection you can count on. introducing at&t u-verse high speed internet with more speed options, reliability and wi-fi hot spots than ever. call at&t now to get u-verse high speed internet for as little as $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one-year price guarantee. it's the fastest internet for the price. our newly expanded advanced digital network gives you more of what you enjoy online. and with at&t, our wireless gateway turns your home into a private wi-fi hot spot that connects your wi-fi devices and can even save on your smart phone data usage at home. so call now to get at&t u-verse high speed internet for just $14.95 a month for 12 months with a one-year price guarantee. that includes access on-the-go to our ent
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00am PDT
people will understand and if they do, i'll get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan is preparing for his debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies we're providing and we're pursuing. at the end of the day, i'm going to go in and be me. >> reporter: we already know where the candidates will be the morning after wednesday's debate. on thursday, romney and ryan will be in virginia. president obama is remaining in colorado for an event there. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you. the boy scouts of america will inform the police and sheriff's offices of the boys who worked in their ranks. the organization has been keeping information for decades. they have been orders to release the files from 1965 to 1985. now a spokesman for the scouts says the order has prompted them to go through the files to report any and all offenders to the police. >>> spanning the globe. facebook's mark zuckerberg met with dmitry medvedev today in the effort to increase facebook's profile. facebook dominates in a majority of countries that use social media around the wo
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
, five weeks before the election, he's saying that his big bold idea is never mind. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut, that's not my plan. >> reporter: another stark difference, medicare, one of the few times the president played aggressor. >> it's called premium support, but it's understood to be a voucher program. >> and you don't support that? >> i don't. and let me explain why. >> again, that's for future people, not current retirees. >> so if you're 54 or 55, you might want to listen because this, this will affect you. >> reporter: still, romney seemed to control many of the back and forths, even the lighter moments. >> i apologize, mr. president, i use that term with all respect. >> i like it. >> good. >> the difference in their debate demeanors was most evident during the closing statements. >> you know, four years ago we were going through a major crisis. and yet, my faith and confidence in the american future is undiminished. >> this is an important election, and i'm concerned about america. i'm concerned about the direction america has
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
unwelcome surprise. >>> just ahead, taxpayer money going to elected officials trips and dinners. our investigative unit take a deeper look at where your money is going. this is a lot of food for 4 bucks. yeah... think they made a mistake? i don't know - maybe. the fried cheese melt is back for just 4 bucks. 1 of 4 big 4-dollar meals on the 2-4-6-8 value menu. only at denny's. open all night. >>> new at 6:00, if you live in santa clara county you'll likely get your property tax bill in the mail this week. you better brace yourself because you could look at a big increase compared to last year. as marianne favro shows us, some people may see their taxes go up as much as 10%. >> reporter: the housing market is finally bouncing back in the bay area but some homeowners say the change doesn't warrant the higher property assessments they're getting from santa clara county. >> i would say probably between 15% to 20% higher than what i expected. >> reporter: that's not the only surprise property owners may see this year. if you thought prop 13's guaranteed your property taxes would never go u
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Oct 6, 2012 4:00pm PDT
workforce were the same as at the time he got elected our unemployment rate would be 11%. >> reporter: both are touting the fund-raising tallies. $181 million for obama in september, the most for either side this year. with romney collecting more than 12 million following the debate. >> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $181 million. that's going to allow them potentially to compete almost one to one with all of that republican outside money. >> reporter: still, romney is facing lingering questions about some of his recent assertions. >> number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. >> reporter: including his argument that his health care plan would cover people who already have medical problems. that decision would be left to the state. that explanation was quickly picked up by president obama at a rally in northern virginia friday. >> governor romney was fact-checked by his own campaign. >> reporter: to counter opponents' effort as an out of touch executive, romney shifted to tell more
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Oct 6, 2012 8:00pm PDT
he got elected, why our unemployment rate would be about 11%. >> president obama is set to return to the bay area on monday night. he will be at a fundraising concert in san francisco at the bill graham auditorium, along with participating in some high-priced private fundraisers as well. >>> and now a consumer alert. more than a quarter million honda crvs are being recalled tonight. crvs manufactured between february of 2002 and july of 2006 are involved. honda says if liquid enters through the driver's side window, it could damage the master power switch on the door. if that happens, the switch could overheat and melt, causing a fire. honda says it will notify affected drivers and dealers will inspect and repair the switches free of charge. >>> california set a dubious record today. gas prices have hit an all-time high, or at least met it. aaa now says the state average for a gallon of unleaded is $4.61, the highest in the country. many stations are charging more than $5 a gallon as well, and prices are expected to increase for several more days before leveling off. analyst says
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Sep 30, 2012 7:00am PDT
aggressive politics. he is not running for re-election this year. >>> downtown san francisco is getting ready for a major conference that is expected to cause some major traffic delays. oracle world will be going on today through wednesday and nearly 50,000 people are expected to attend the conference. parts of howard and taylor streets are scheduled to be closed. several muni lines are being rerouted. in other words, plan for traffic delays south of market near the center. >>> caltrans plans to shut down the san mateo bridge for two weekends next month. they will repair a cracked support beam under the roadway discovered back in 2010. the bridge is set to be closed from 10:00 in the evening to 5:00 in the morning october 19th through the 22nd and then again between the same hours from october 26th through the 29th. the dumbarton bridge is the best alternative for drivers looking to get around the bay. >>> construction crews say the 405 freeway will reopen in time for the monday morning commute despite an unplanned work stop. yesterday afternoon a chunk of the bridge fell along the free
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
the election just one month away, jim cramer, host of "mad money" at the stock exchange this morning. first a clarification, can you explain why we have a dip in the actual unemployment rate with such anemic job growth, 114,000 jobs created? >> reporter: two different surveys, they call households, see how they're doing, the other uses payroll data. it has always been accepted that payroll data is more informative than the percentage figure. >> where are the signs of health in the economy if we see job creation as rather slow month to month. if you look at the overall picture, where do you see signs of strength? >> reporter: more retail, fewer firing, some in auto is pretty good. in general, i don't want to -- what matters more than anything, they revised other numbers that had been bad previous months up. so maybe this is consistent slow growth. that's what shocked people. >> politically, campaigns will jump on this, particularly the white house. where is that sign of momentum that they would argue? >> reporter: i think what they could say is the summer turned out not as bad
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Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
are two numbers that matter more when judging whether a president wins re-election or not. it's his job approval rating and where people see the direction of the country. for the president right now, his job approval rating is at 49%. disapproval at 48. our pollsters tell us that 49 is in the re-elect zone. now, look at this, direction of the country. 40% say we're on the right track. that 40% is not a great number, but it's actually the highest number we've recorded in three and a half years. let's move to the head-to-head with mitt romney. this is where the race has tightened a bit. the president's number is steady at 49. mitt romney has picked up a couple in the last couple weeks, sits at 46. what's helping him? republican voters more enthusiastic, they make it through the likely voter screen. it's been a couple tough weeks for mitt romney. that 47% mark has left a mark, if you will. when we asked, is there anything you've heard in the last few weeks that made you more favorable or less favorable on mitt romney, 51% said what they've heard has made them less favorable. that said,
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am PDT
because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. lynn? >>> brian moore in washington. brian, thanks. >>> well, elsewhere, the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite positions on issues ranging from creating jobs to bringing troops home from afghanistan. with nbc's david gregory of "meet the press" as moderator, they also clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he's re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's agenda. >> if you're going to comment on my record, i would at least have you refer to it -- >> can we just -- >> excuse me. excuse me. we're not -- >> go ahead, senator. >> excuse me. i'm not a student in your classroom. please let me respond, okay? thank you. >> well, recent
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
the presidential debates in this election cycle between president barack obama and former massachusetts governor mitt romney. the stage is ready in denver, colorado. the university of denver. and all of the expectations management to the contrary, the two men you're going to see tonight are very good debaters. they have four ivy league degrees between them, after all, and 50 debates between them, though not against each other until tonight. there is a critical third man on that stage tonight in denver. that's the moderator, jim lehrer of pbs. he's done a dozen of these. and the rules, which he will announce at the start, give him broad leeway to guide the conversation and the debate. it is a cold room in denver. the campaigns wanted the temperature low. and it's not likely to stay that way once we get under way. both men have been prepping for days. this happens to be the obamas' 20th wedding anniversary. moments ago we saw a warm embrace between mrs. romney and mrs. obama. they both met each other at the front of the hall. their hiss, this is the first of three meetings d
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am PDT
candidates, but it could be worse. today's jobs report is the second to the last before election day. it is a critical snapshot of an economy that's been stuck in low gear. >> whatever the numbers are, the romney campaign is going to cite them as evidence that president obama's policies are failing. >> the president is trying to convince people he's doing real well. he is not. >> reporter: building on a momentum of wednesday night's debate, romney's trying to reverse his fortunes in battlegrounds like ohio where he's fallen behind. >> under president obama we've lost half a million manufacturing jobs and china has passed us in manufacturing. >> reporter: the president argues the republicans are offering nothing new. >> it's not a plan for our economy, it's not a plan to strengthen the middle class, it is not change, it is a relapse and we're not going to do it. >> reporter: the latest jobs report, cold, hard facts certain to be the subject of a heated debate. and the next jobs report comes out just four days before the election. lynn? >> all right, brian, thank you. we begin in new jersey wit
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Oct 5, 2012 5:30pm PDT
days before the election, the nation's jobless rate fell to the lowest level of his term in office. economists will argue what it means, but here are today's numbers, the economy gained about 114,000 jobs in the last month, pushing the unemployment rate to 7.8%, that is where today's political debate in this country started out. we have it all covered here tonight. and we'll begin our coverage with nbc's andrea mitchell, good evening, andrea. >> reporter: good evening, brian, in a week that has been a roller coaster for both of the candidates, today's news gave a good bit of a jolt, but that set off a firestorm on what it really means. the news that the unemployment dipped below 8% since he took office came just in time for a president battered by his poor performance in the debate. >> today's news should give us some encouragement. it shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try to talk down the economy, just to try to score a few political points. >> reporter: not surprisingly, mitt romney saw it differently. >> there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month. >>
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Oct 6, 2012 11:00pm PDT
the re-election campaign. the monthly haul was likely boosted by tv exposure during the democratic national convention. a romney campaign spokesman said it has not released the september totals but noted in a tweet that romney raised $12 million in the 48 hours after the debate. both candidates are still talking about the latest unemployment numbers. the jobless rate is now below 8%. the president was thrilled with the news while the republican nominee was skeptical. >> more americans are entering the work forceful more americans are getting jobs. >> the number of people in america, the participation of our adults in the work force were the same as at the time he got elected. why our unemployment rate would be 11%. >>> president obama is set to return to the bay area monday night. he will be fundraising at a concert in san francisco at the bill graham auditorium along with some high priced private fund-raisers. >>> with the first presidential debate behind us, it is time for our factor fiction segment. mitt romney said during the debate that president obama promised he would cut th
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Oct 4, 2012 4:30am PDT
presidential election doesn't go their way. >>> and this is a good deal. 101 under 680. we'll show you a couple of spots in the south bay that i'm tracking coming up. >>> hi, everybody, happy thursday. it is 4:54. a protester spent a full day atop the day at st. peters basilica has come down from his not-so-smart perch. the italian business owner climbed onto the dome tuesday and held up a banner protesting the italian president and that country's economic reform. he finally agreed to come down last night after government officials agreed to discuss new rules that impact local businesses. i guess he made his point. >> guess so. we'll see if there's anything impacting traffic right now. how's it looking, mike? >> we have major b.a.r.t. delays heading during the pittsburg bay point, dublin station as well as t -- some delays. we'll get a live look outside. we do have highway 17 right near where it says campbell at the bottom of your screen. either cardboard or metal in the road. big difference if your car hits it so use caution and avoid whatever activity is going on as you head north past
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Oct 6, 2012 5:00am PDT
. >>> good morning. fight to the finish. election day exactly one month away. president obama handling with a positive jobs report, hoping it will help him keep his job. governor mitt romney says it's too little too late. a legendary business executive claims the books were cooked. >>> skating scandal. a u.s. olympic speed skater admits to tampering with a rival's skate before a big competition and he says he did it against his will. he'll explain why in an exclusive interview. >>> and are they back together? new signs of chris brown and rihanna dating again, despite their violent history, and it has some people wondering what she's thinking. today's saturday, october 6th, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and jenna wolf, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. >> it's good to have you back from afghanistan. safe and sound. >> good to be back. >> and you're back into the thick of politics here in this country as well. >> it feels like this presidential race has been going on for so l
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
rocky start in 2007 when he won the election by just three votes, only to have to lead the city through bankruptcy a short time later. in 2009, the mayor's controversial remarks about gays drew national attention. and most recently he's come under fire for five officer-involved shootings. police confirm they're looking into the possibility the fire was an act of domestic terrorism. >> there is certainly a possibility in a the mayor, being the mayor, might have been targeted based upon his position as a public official. >> we know it was an intentional act. we've taken the evidence to a lab. >> reporter: the mayor was in tears saturday morning as he suited up in fire gear and toured the damage. but he says today is a new day and he's more determined than ever to keep going. >> acts of vandalism or criminal conduct. on the contrary. the only strength in my resolve to continue to do what is right and good as mayor of this city, i am steadfast in my commitment to continue doing what i believe is necessary to serve all of the citizens of this city. >> reporter: we are back here live.
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Oct 8, 2012 5:00am PDT
the bay area in june. with the election just one month away, the race for cash showing no signs of slowing down. tickets started at about $100 all the way up to $7500. for that, though, you would at least get a photo with the president. this is the second part of a two-day swing through california, as mr. obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, escalate their television ads in competitive states like ohio. just one event in los angeles the president was expected to raise $3.75 million after trailing mr. raomney in the cas race for much of the summer. the cash tide looks like it has turned so today here's what's on tap in the bay area. president obama arrives at sfo about 1:40 this afternoon. then there's a private fund-raiser at the int intercontinental hotel. at 5:00 a dinner. this is expected to be absolutely sold out but he's expected to spend the night here in san francisco and then attend a fund-raiser in ohio. reporting live in san francisco, christie smith, "today in the bay." >>> as far as an assemblyman is concerned pg&e should keep ratepayers out of the equation
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Oct 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
chance to win this election? hi, i'm chris mathews. welcome to the show. with us today, new york magazine's john, trish and kelly and the huffington post's d howard. with just over a month to go for mitt romney, given the polls, the debates may be it. it could change the narrative that has dogged him or cemented. romney has the same urgent must-do list that he at the republican convention. only now could be his last chance. today we're going to look at romney's career, back at his career, at some missteps in past debates and also at some gems from barack obama. first up, first on romney's must-do list, get likable. and avoid this kind of reaction when governor rick perry charged that romney had hired illegal lawn workers. >> i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. you get 30 seconds. this is the way the rules work here. is that i get 60 seconds. and you get -- >> but the american people want the truth. they want -- >> i understand -- >> you say that you knew you had illegals. >> would you please wait? are you just going to keep talking? are you going to let me fin
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years of "the wall street journal"/nbc polling have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. and romney needs to improve that dynamic. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds. in florida he is now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney is down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney is doing well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he has the fax. he drills you. he stays. he is tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial no-it-all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008. two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back an
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >>> the first official debate of the 2012 election is one day away. workers in denver prepared the arena for its place in history. president obama and gop candidate mitt romney step on stage tomorrow night. it will be their first face-to-face meeting in nearly five years. both candidates have taken the debate seriously. romney aides brought two podiums into his hotel conference room for a mock debate. not only is he spending long hours in practice sessions. but he's memorizing a series of zingers to criticize the president. president obama has five mock debates under his belt. he's been practicing under senator john kerry. the president's goals are to keep his answers tight and be aggressive without overdoing it. a new poll in "the wall street journal" shows nearly 40% of registered voters say the upcoming debate are extremely or quite important to help them determine their vote. you can watch the debate tomorrow night at 6:00. >>> triple digits for the first week of fall. if you were outside or inside, you felt the heat. and the heat is still on tonight. san jose is in the 70s. sa
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Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
chavez celebrating his re-election victory. he thanked supporters from a balcony at his presidential palace. chavez won 55% of the vote from a record high 80% turnout, but that margin of victory much closer than in previous elections. the 58-year-old will now serve his third six-year term in office. >>> meantime a prominent california politician nobody for becoming the state's only african-american lieutenant governor has died. mervyn dimaly tied after months of declining health. he began his political career in 1962 and became the first black senator in 1966. after serving as the first and only african-american lieutenant governor, he went on to serve in congress for more than a decade. he is survived by his wife and two children. he was 86 years old. >>> now to decision 2012. this morning republican presidential nominee mitt romney tackling foreign policy during a speech at the virginia military institute. romney will be playing out his proposal for the u.s. to take a more assertive role over in syria. he will also outline stricter conditions for aid for egypt and tighten sanctions
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Oct 7, 2012 7:00am PDT
population in the workforce were the same today as the day he was elected, our unemployment rate would be above 11%. >> more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> the unemployment news not talk of wednesday night's presidential debates and the president's poor performance right out of the headlines. some republicans suggest that the labor department's timing was no convince. the vice presidential candidates are also getting ready for their first debate thursday night in kentucky. >>> big bird is still making headlines after last week's presidential debate. republican mitt romney mentioned the beloved character when talked about the nation's debt and cutting funding for pbs. last night on "saturday night live," the beloved big bird responded. >> do you have any political statement you would like to make? >> i don't want to ruffle any feathers. i do have a political joke. may i tell it? >> of course. >> you're going to laugh. this is funny. >> okay. can't wait. >> you know who loves debates? >> who? >> the fishes. it's a thinker. >> big bird told seth
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am PDT
candidates who blink less during a debate are more likely to win the election. or as michele bachmann put it, "any way i can get back in this thing or what?" [ laughter ] hey! there you go. [ applause ] i just read about this, you guys. a new survey found that over 35% of americans actually plan on voting before election day. not for president of the united states, just for "dancing with the stars." [ laughter ] they love drew lachey all the way. that's what they're saying. [ applause ] this is interesting. health experts predict that the world will have more than 1 billion elderly people in the next ten years. 1 billion elderly people. or as it's also known, the opening credits for "60 minutes." [ laughter ] [ applause ] except for when anderson's on. >> steve: yeah, when anderson's on. >> jimmy: except for when anderson's on. >> steve: he takes the demo down. >> jimmy: you guys see the "today" show this morning? this is fantastic. [ cheers ] during an animal segment, a hawk got loose in the studio and landed somewhere above hoda and kathie lee. [ laughter ] of course, it was probably scare
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
something well i praise him. >> but warren hit brown for raising money by tying his re-election to republicans gaining control of the senate. >> when senator brown talks here in massachusetts about how very bipartisan he is and how very independent he is, he sure is not saying the same thing when he goes around the country raising money. >> both candidates made awkward stumbles. warren was asked to name a republican senator she could work with. >> probably richard lugar would come to mind. >> indian's dick lugar is actually retiring. >> that is a problem. >> and brown, who is a lawyer, appeared unprepared for this. >> who is your model supreme court justice? >> after touting bipartisanship brun named an ultra conservative. >> let me see. that's a great question. i think justice scalia is a very good judge. justice kennedy. >> reporter: and for warren it's a challenge because massachusetts has never elected a woman to the senate or as governor, for brown with his big election year turnout in a presidential year it may be tougher for him as a republican. david. >> kelly o'donnell, th
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Oct 2, 2012 5:00am PDT
the election. the big question mark is whether lawmakers who have lost their job will be willing to come back here and wheel and deal, compromise or a short-term basis, kick that can down the road a little more, whether they will do a long-term big fix deal for everyone or whether they'll just say, no, i'm taking my ball and going home. we're talking about the bush era tax cuts going away, the social security tax payroll cuts, which are making your payroll checks a little fatter every week or every two weeks. but this isn't something that just affects poor people. they're getting hit, they're losing their credit. it also affects wealthy people. they're really getting slammed. 20% increase on the dividends. capital gains are going up. it's just an across-the-board everyone gets hurt kind of nightmare. congress says it wants to fix it, but how. that, jon, is the big question mark. >> brian mooar, we will keep a close eye on that one. thank you very much. >>> it all goes hand in hand as we look at decision 2012. president barack obama, republican presidential candidate mitt romney taki
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
four years. we'll have more on the the numbers and the impact on the election coming up at 6:30 in a live report. >>> the time is 6:14. here's a look at some of our top local headlines. a man bitten by a bat in contra costa county has died of rabies over in switzerland. the cdc says the man was bitten in the east bay back in march but didn't go to the hospital until early july in dubai where he was working abroad. 50 people who may have come in contact with him may have now been exposed. authorities are reaching out to say you may have rabies, go get checked. >>> interestingly enough, today marks one year since a disgruntled employee walked into the lehigh cement plant in cupertino and started shooting. three people were killed, seven others injured in that shooting spree. the man shot himself during a policeman hunt the next day. >>> and witnesses at a trial say the suspect in the murder of nursing student michelle le went to great lengths to track down her former friend. witnesses say gisele esteban pretended to be le on the phone, even stole a security badge to find le at the hosp
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Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
i stand for higher stock prices for all. if you elect me, i will put through my plan to refinance the deficits is, switch to opec busting job creating natural gases, lower taxes on dividends, educate the masses on money, clean the skies, rebuild our infrastructure and reappoint ben scotty bernanke to give liberty, justice and higher stock prices for all. that's a platform i could vote for, if only obama or romney would embrace it. lawrence in texas, lawrence? >> caller: jim, how are you doing? i have a question for you today regarding rpm. the earning report came out today. i'm trying to find out whether it should be long or short in the stock. >> short that, you have to short that plentiful dividend. i never recommend that idea. you don't want to do that, boss. i was going to recommend this and then i felt that the upside was very, very limited. good numbers. i should have done it. for heaven's say, i really did kick myself with this one. i thought if i recommended it, the stock would go up too much. ron in louisiana. ron? >> caller: jim. i've got to thank you. you're the best. i
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Oct 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his failed marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s. military death toll in the war reached 2,000. we're going to get a live report, straight ahead. >>> also coming up, a remarkable story. a mom of three and a former beauty qu
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Sep 30, 2012 5:30am PDT
after the elections. we have the tax cuts expiring, spending programs expiring. a lot of people think it will lead to a recession in 2013. how do you think this gets resolved, an what subpoena the impact? >> i wish we had better elections in this country. the reason we have bad government in the country is because we have bad elections. what i mean by that is we don't talk about the important issue. one thing that both sides could agree on today is the pace of deficit reduction. they may go about it different ways but we need to bring the deficit down gradually. right now we are facing the fiscal cliff. nothing will be resolved before november. i believe political forces after the november election will push both sides to a compromise. the one tax that will come down is the uncertainty tax. the uncertainty of washington politics will be positive for the u.s. economy. >> that's true. companies have been in lockdown mode. they don't want to make a decision with uncertainty out there. >> it is infuriating. >> it is. >> watching washington not understand the incredible drag they put on the u
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Oct 7, 2012 8:30pm PDT
get him the ball a little more often. >> al: chargers elect to keep all of their time-outs but taking a lot of time off the clock here. and now a conference with cheffers. because did he pick up the first down is the question. it was first down. it was -- now he looks at it. yeah, 11-yard gain so, obviously, it's a first down but there's some question -- and then norv turner is saying, put the time back on the clock! here is the end of the play. here is brown. he spins. he rolls. he has the first down. turner doesn't get the time back on the clock. the pass to the outside. and that is floyd and floyd will stay inbounds. >> cris: that's horrible. >> al: at the 49 yard line and now they are compelled to take a time-out. >> cris: almost like he thought he was out of bounds. >> michele: second time-out. >> cris: he did try to get out of bounds, i'll say that for him. but nice job by johnny patrick to keep him from that. a good play and the forward momentum, a good play on that one. >> al: right. acrobatic catch by floyd. >> cris: he is driving him backwards. official blew the whist
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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
the first presidential debate of t 2012 election. >>> to the rescue. tense moments as an 84-year-old woman's car plunges in a main harbor. >>> and flipping out. a powerful typhoon wreaks havoc on southern japan. >>> this is "early today" for monday, october 1st, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello, and very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared candidates and in his prediction, few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a g
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00am PDT
these two men. it's scheduled to last 90 minutes, and with just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morning after. >>> a bit later, you think politics can get ugly. try the "american idol" judging table. an ugly moment during an "american idol" audition. nicki minaj apparently losing it over her fellow judge and fellow diva mariah carey. a lot of people saw this one coming. we'll have more on that story. >> we want to begin over at news desk. natalie morales is there. natalie, good morning. >> good morni
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Oct 5, 2012 3:00am PDT
the election? consider this first statement by the president about corporate jets. >> why wouldn't we eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets? my attitude is if you got a corporate jet, can you probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it. >> now watch romney on defense. >> finally, military. the president's re-elected, you'll see dramatic cuts to our military. the secretary of defense said these would be even devastating. i will not cut our commitment to our military. >> if you're like me, you realize the general dynamics is at the fulcrum of both of these issues. if president obama is going back to that 2009 rhetoric, orders for gulf stream jets could be hammered. when you think of big defense programs that could be boosted by a romney presidency, go no further than general dynamics. you can see a real hit to earnings if the budget cuts become a reality. romney is unintentionally green lighting lockheed martin and grumman. now about half way into the debate romney gave us a fabulous short idea with this clip. >> you put $90 billion, like 50 years worth of brea
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Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm PDT
-day search for the most important person in this presidential election. >> having some bad luck. >> the undecided voter. >> another double. >> reporter: and we found him, his name is george manukis, a grandfather and avid golfer. he and his wife, vula, are transplants from new jersey. >> you're aiming in the wrong direction. >> i'm not. straight up. >> reporter: george is a registered independent. who voted for john mccain four years ago. but as of this moment, he's still on the fence. chances are the candidate who wins his vote and others like him will win the election. >> you know you're the most important person in the country. >> i like to think so. >> reporter: george is a serious consumer of political news and has been paying very close attention to the presidential race. >> i see the negatives of both. i see the positives of both. >> and because george lives in north carolina, a swing state, he's been inundated by propaganda from both parties. in north carolina, alone, an estimated $50 million is being spent to reach the 6% still undecided voters. >> thank you for your ti
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
knows his $5 trillion tax cut isn't too popular, so a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: president obama at a star-studded fundraising concert in los angeles sunday, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, reuters puts mitt romney within two points of the president. tomorrow we'll see both candidates in ohio. there's good reason for that. tomorrow is the last day voters there can register to vote. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. mitt romney will deliver that major policy speech before noon eastern, but the obama campaign is issuing a preemptive strike with this new tv ad criticizing the republican candidate's past foreign policy faux pas. take a look. >> reckless. amateurish. that's what news media and fellow republicans called mitt romney's gaffe-filled july tour of england, israel, and poland, when our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya, "the new york times" said romney's knee jerk response showed an extraordinary lack of presidenti
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